When you start a Desktop Bridge application (for example, a desktop application that is packaged as a Windows app) on a server that is running Microsoft SQL Server, the application does not start and you receive the following error message:
The data area passed to a system call is too small.
This issue occurs because of miscommunications between two filter drivers, specifically WCNFS (the Desktop Bridge) and the RsFxXXXX.sys driver (SQL Server FILESTREAM system driver). The RsFx system driver doesn't appropriately honor flags being passed by the WCNFS driver. This causes startup failures of any Desktop Bridge application.
This improvement is included in the following cumulative updates for SQL Server:
Cumulative update 8 for SQL Server 2016 SP1
Cumulative Update 3 for SQL Server 2017
Each new cumulative update for SQL Server contains all the hotfixes and all the security fixes that were included with the previous cumulative update. Check out the latest cumulative updates for SQL Server:
Latest cumulative update for SQL Server 2016
Latest cumulative update for SQL Server 2014
This improvement is included in the following on-demand hotfix for SQL Server:
On-demand hotfix update for SQL Server 2012 SP4
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For more information about Desktop Bridge and workarounds for this issue, see this MSSQL Tiger Team Blog article.